Budding Artists

Founded in 2018, Budding Artists seeks to serve the Los Angeles County community by providing under-resourced preschool children with transformative process-focused art experiences. 

© 2019 Budding Artists is a fiscally sponsored program of United Charitable, a registered 501(c)(3) public charity.​ 

Our Programs

The Exploration Program


Summer 2020 - This tuition-free program consists of a one-hour visual art workshop led by our teaching artist(s) once a week for 8 weeks. Our pedagogy is to implement an interdisciplinary creative teaching philosophy rooted in the Reggio Emilia approach. 


The Reggio Emilia approach is defined as a philosophy which values children as central to their own learning, able to pursue their own interests, and that they revisit and build upon ideas at their own pace. This perspective makes art a tool for creating meaning to help children build their ideas, thoughts, theories, and perspectives and to construct a new understanding of the subject.


Our teaching artists will create learning experiences, guiding the conversation to promote authentic thinking, inclusivity, creativity and problem-solving, which are all necessary, critical life skills needed in the STEAM

(Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) fields. Participants will expand their linguistic, social/emotional, cognitive, and physical development skills.


Our curriculum incorporates the National Core Arts Standards.  


Two sessions will be offered for the Exploration Program:

  • Session A - Saturday, June 6 through August 1, 2020 from 9:00am to 10:00am at the Lucy Avalos Community Center located in the City of Lynwood

  • Session B - Saturday, June 6 through August 1, 2020 from 10:30am to 11:30am at the Lucy Avalos Community Center located in the City of Lynwood 


In order to register your child in the program, your child must between the ages of (3 - 5). 


Registration for Summer 2020 will open in mid-April. 

Adult Process-Based Art Workshop


Summer 2020 - Sarah Tanberg and Dakota McMahand will lead Budding Artists parents and guardians in a process-based art experience at the Lucy Avalos Community Center during the Summer Exploration Program.


This one-hour workshop walks our program parents and guardians through their child's weekly workshop experience. Additionally, program parents and guardians will be prepared with tools to continue the learning experience outside of our program.


RSVP information will be available mid-May.

                      Adopt-A-Book Literacy Program


In partnership with the Tena Foundation, our Adopt-A-Book Literacy Program provides young people between the ages 3-17 with free new or gently used books to encourage creativity while promoting mental, emotional and psychological development. We distribute books year-around at public community events in the South Los Angeles area.

Gift of Play Project 


Research suggests when children play, their brains develop creativity and flexibility. 

"Play is one of the most important ways in which children learn".

- Jack Shonkoff, Director of the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University

During the holiday season, Budding Artists donates toys to young children in the South Los Angeles community. We have given away over 60 new toys since the launch of the Gift of Play Project. 

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